Those who follow the Senators probably won't be surprised to learn this.
Shot-blocker nonpareil Anton Volchenkov (pictured) is No. 1 in Mirtle's early-season Rod Langway Award rankings of the NHL's best defensive defencemen. His partner on the blue line, Chris Phillips, coming in as a close No. 3.
James Mirtle's rankings are based on playing a lot of minutes, preventing goals at even strength, preventing the other team from scoring on the power play and playing against the other team's better line combinations. All of these measurements from behindthenet.ca, compiled by yours truly's one-time College Bowl teammate at Queen's University, Gabriel Desjardins. (Although, in reality, Gabe was the Tom Brady of that team and yours truly was on par with Chris Hanson, the New England Patriots punter, who gets to kick these days about as often as I came up with a right answer.)
Who has been the top defensive defender? (James Mirtle)